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chilli plants


I have been given a 3 year old scotts bonnet chilli plant. I have so far kept it in an unheated consirvatory, it is loosing its leaves, should I move it indoors to an unheated room, or what should I do with it. I really do not want to loose it. Any advice would be very appreciated.

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Dormancy, the process when your plants effectively 'hibernate' can kick in when natural light levels fade and the temperature falls back below 50oF. Dormant plants will shed all leaves and so no signs of growth, however they are not dead. Dormant plants should be cut right back leaving only a small stump just a few inches above the soil line. Leaving dying vegetation encourages pests like whiteflies and also disease. Even after the most severe pruning, dormant plants will sprout new vigorous growth when the warmer spring weather returns, assuming of course they have made it through the winter.

27 Jan, 2009


Many thanks. I was afraid that I had lost the plant. I will now wait and see if it comes back to life in the Spring.

28 Jan, 2009

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